How To Delete All Media From A Group In WhatsApp

Sending photos, GIFs, videos, and other media files on WhatsApp is possible nowadays. While these types of files can make your group chats more fun and lively, it can also fill up your phone’s storage pretty quickly when you receive a ton of them. Fortunately, you have the option to delete all media files in a group. To find out how to access this feature on your device, follow our tutorial on how to manage your media storage on WhatsApp’s Android and iOS versions.


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WhatsApp is one of the most known messaging apps that you can use to connect with your friends online. On the platform, you can join and create groups in which you can message and discuss with multiple people at the same time.

Aside from sending messages in groups chats, people also share photos, GIFs, and videos. And due to the default media download settings of WhatsApp, these files can fill up your phone’s storage pretty quickly.

Fortunately, you don’t have to delete these messages one-by-one. You can head over and manage your storage usage and delete these media files in bulk instead.

So if you want to delete media from groups in bulk, but you’re not familiar with the features of WhatsApp, we have here a guide that can help you. As a bonus, we also have a quick tutorial on how to change your media download settings so that you don’t have to clear your storage frequently.

How to delete all media from a group by managing your storage

If you’re running out of storage due to tons of memes, photos, and videos from your WhatsApp groups, you can opt to manage the storage of each group and delete all media in bulk.

On Android:

  1. Open WhatsApp on your device.
  2. At the upper right corner of your screen, tap More options (three-dot icon) > Settings.

  3. From the settings available, select the “Data and storage usage” option.

  4. Tap Storage usage and select the group that you want to manage.

  5. At the bottom part of the page, tap “FREE UP SPACE.”

  6. Check the box beside the media file types that you want to delete. After selecting media files, tap “DELETE ITEMS.”

  7. Tap “CLEAR MESSAGES” to confirm the deletion.

On iPhones:

  1. Open WhatsApp.
  2. Tap Settings > Data and Storage usage.
  3. Scroll down the page and select Storage Usage.
  4. At the bottom part of your screen, tap Manage.
  5. Check all media file types listed on the page.
  6. Tap Clear and confirm your decision when prompted.

How to delete all media files by clearing the chat

Aside from managing your storage usage, you can also delete all of your media files by clearing the group chat.

On Android:

  1. Open WhatsApp.
  2. On the Chats tab, select the group in which you want to delete the media files.
  3. Tap More options (three-dot icon) > More > Clear chat.

  4. Put a check on the box beside “Delete media in this chat.”

  5. Tap CLEAR MESSAGES to confirm the deletion.

On iPhones:

  1. Open WhatsApp on your device.
  2. Tap Settings at the bottom right part of your screen.
  3. Tap Chats to access its settings.
  4. Scroll down and select “Delete All Chats.”
  5. Enter your phone number and tap “Delete All Chats” to confirm your decision.

How to stop media auto-download on WhatsApp for Android

After deleting all your media files in a group, you can change the media auto-download settings on WhatsApp. By changing these storage options, you can prevent the media files from filling up your phone’s storage. In addition, you can save a bit of mobile data as well.

By default, WhatsApp automatically downloads all media when connected to Wi-Fi. On the other hand, the platform downloads photos only when you’re using mobile data.

So as a bonus, we’ll teach you how to stop media auto-download on WhatsApp for Android.

  1. Tap More options (three-dot icon) > Settings > Data and storage usage.
  2. Under “Media auto-download,” tap an option to change its settings.

  3. Uncheck all boxes and click OK to save your settings.

  4. Repeat these steps above until all the three media options show “No media” on their status.

Conclusion

Photos, videos, GIFs, and other media files can help your group chats become lively and fun. But due to the default media auto-download settings on WhatsApp, these files can fill up your phone’s storage pretty quickly.

Fortunately, you can choose to delete media from group chats in bulk. All you have to do is manage the storage of the group and clear the files from there. And to prevent these files from piling up on your storage again in the future, you can also proceed and change the media auto-download settings.

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